Striker and Eri

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I had another thread about my two babies, Striker and Eri, up, but since I've been inactive on this site for a while, my original thread ended up auto-locking. :(
It can be viewed here:
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Hopefully I will be able to be active enough to keep this one going :p

I've taken lots of pictures over the past few months and am eager to share them soon.
Eri is growing like a little weed!
 

BlueMorpho

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[Posted Thursday, Nov 15, 2012]

Hi there.
I've been visiting this forum for some time now, and I've noticed other people have 'mini blogs' about their Bearded Dragons on here, so I figure it's about time I introduce mine; Striker and Eri.
Thanks for reading, there's lots of pictures at the end!

This year I turned 25. I was planning to have a quiet birthday at home, and no presents. I didn't think I needed anything.
A few weeks before my birthday, my ex (who's a close friend of mine) asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and refused to take 'nothing' as an answer. He told me to think about it. I thought about it for a while, and recalled recent conversations of him convincing me to get a pet. He knows how bad my depression can get, and had noticed it acting up recently. He also knew how much I missed his (and his brother's) cats. He knew I needed a companion, but in the house I live in, I can't have dogs, cats, or rodents because the landlords are allergic, birds are too noisy, and I wasn't feeling up to having fish tanks again. However, at one point the landlords and I had discussed reptiles. The only rule was no snakes...
I poked around on Craigslist for a while, still more whistful dreaming than an actual plan. I had wanted a Mali Uromastyx for several years, but they are really expensive, and I didn't have anything more than a 15gal tank at home (left over from when another ex and I had 4 wonderful fish tanks) with a metal screen top.
I had had some experience with beardies and other reptiles, but wasn't sure if I was really ready to take one on as my own.
I swear I was just browsing and dreaming when I came across an ad from a young man about to go to college, looking for a good home for his beardie and all accompanying equipment. It was a very decent price for everything advertised, but still pretty expensive. Then I saw the pictures of Striker, and fell in love.
I immediately texted him back saying, "I know what I want for my birthday; a bearded dragon!"
We talked it over, and I spent the next several days communicating with the young man from Craigslist, and determining whether or not this was really happening. We worked it out that my boyfriend would pay a portion, my friend would pay for the other portion, and I had a little extra birthday money from my parents that came in handy for a few extra supplies.
The week before I took Striker home, I got to visit him, and this young man did an excellent job showing me the basics of Striker's care. It seemed like, although there were other people interested in Striker, he had already picked me to be Striker's next human. I started doing a lot of research, and reading posts on BD.org, and learning as much as I possibly could. The week after that, I took Striker home, and he said goodbye to his boy. (I still send pics and talk to him on occasion... In fact, I will link him to this 'blog' post. ^.^ Hi!)
On the car ride home, I was already starting to learn about Striker's personality. He was chilling on my shoulder calmly, and enjoying the sun. Suddenly, he bolted into the carrier, and took the hugest, smelliest poop I'd ever seen come from such a small animal!! So thankful he didn't do it on me!
That night he fell asleep on me, and his little beardie claws had a permanent death-grip on my heart.
Since then, I've continued to learn about his character, and more about beardies in general, and falling deeper in love with my little buddy. He loves exploring my house, and I find he crawls into the oddest places to catch quick naps. He loves 'helping' me fold laundry, listening to music, and making leaps that scare the life out of me from the couch or bed. He wakes me up every morning with his glass dancing, begging to be let out to cuddle and explore before breakfast.
The landord's kids, and the kids she looks after, are fascinated by him. I constantly get asked, "how's the lizard?" There have even been a few times where the kids have held him and fed him. He's really patient with the kids, even the youngest one, who's about 2 1/2, which makes me feel more secure for when I'm ready to start my own family. I wouldn't want to give up my pets.
He's just over 9 months old now, and he certainly keeps me busy.

On Monday, my boyfriend and I visited a local pet store to pick up a new basking bulb for Striker, as I'd been being my usual worry-wart self and noticed his temps were getting lower than I'd like them to be, since it's getting colder outside, and thus colder in my house.
We made our usual stop to check out the other animals, and we saw a baby beardie that didn't look so good. He was really tiny, under four inches, and at best guess, was probably about three and a half weeks old. He was not being given the proper light or heat. They were trying to feed him dry pellets, and no fresh greens. The lady at the pet store said she hadn't seen him eat yet, and he was lethargic and had trouble keeping his eyes open. They had gotten him in on Friday, and he hadn't been quarantined, either (I've been doing it at home, having had experience quarantining birds for my aunt's aviary. I figure the rules are the same).
They had another young guy who was already showing signs of aggression, too.

We finished our shopping for Striker, and before we were ready to leave, I told my boyfriend that I was either taking that baby home, or I was going to call Urban Safari Reptile Rescue.
I was in the middle of writing a post for their Facebook page when he stopped me, and gave in. Remember that leftover tank? I had been saving it for a couple anoles to help me 'babysit' my orchids.... Guess that'll have to wait.
We just bought an extra UV lamp and tube, some repti carpet, and tiny crickets, and we were ready. Was it a coincidence that they had a 20% off sale on beardies?
I named him Eri, short for Eripio, which means 'rescue' in Latin. Obviously Eri isn't sexed yet, but 'he' is better than 'it'. I must admit, I am secretly hoping 'he' is a 'she', even though breeding won't be for a few years, if ever, and I know females are more work...
Eri's been slowly eating a few crickets here and there, licking water from his leaves, and taking the occasional pellet (prepared properly, not dry). He could still not care less about greens, but maybe soon.
He started a voracious shed within a day of coming home, and is starting to explore his tank more and more.
He's still sleepy often, and I do worry about how much he's eating, but we'll take it in baby steps.

I introduced him to Striker (through glass, obviously). Striker is definitely jealous and gives me the cutest pouty face when I'm talking to Eri or dealing with his tank, right next door to Striker, but separated by a piece of paper (so Striker doesn't drive himself mad trying to get at his snack-sized 'brother'.)

I have the feeling Striker's rolling his eyes at me gushing over them, as he watches me type this from his perch on my shoulder. I never thought I'd get so good at catching escaped crickets, or even be ok having them around, be worried about when the next poop comes, dance with a reptile, wake up in the middle of the night to check temperatures, or have my heart melt while 'cuddling' with something so spiky and scaly!

I'm so thankful for my babies. I've become a full-blown beardie slave, and I'm loving it.

[Note: found out later that Striker is female]

The day we picked Striker up:
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So tough!
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Bath time!!
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Outside catching some rays before summer ends:
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Checking out her new hygrometer:
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Good morning!
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Playing video games with "Dad":
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Is it my turn yet?
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Her favorite hiding spot, and my little rock star:
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Posing for the camera:
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Meeting Eri:

Eri on his new log:
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In his dish:
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Om nom nom:
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Napping after lunch:
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With the kids:
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My niece and sister-in-law meeting Striker:
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BlueMorpho

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They sleep in the funniest positions:
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Bath time again!
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Waiting to see the vet:
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My fuzzy zebra blankie!!!
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<3 Eri has a crush on Sam Carter (SG1)
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Growing up fast!
Eri when I first got him; just under 4":
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Eri March 22, 2013, 9 1/4":
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And just for fun:
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BlueMorpho

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Eri neede a new tank, since he was quickly outgrowing his old one.
Urban Safari rescue donated a 40-50gal in trade for his old one.
It took me a while, but I got it all cleaned up and looking sharp!
Both the tanks:
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Eri's:
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Striker's:
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Ciao!
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BlueMorpho

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Thanks ^.^

So this morning after breakfast (well, for Eri anyway, Striker didn't want to eat), I gave both my babies the bath that I wasn't able to give them last night.
Striker is completely bath-trained, and goes almost immediately when I put her in the water, but today I got a surprise from Eri! After months of begging him to go in the bath instead of his tank, he finally did!! I am so hoping that this means he will be bath-trained, too.
He got a worm as a treat after the bath, and a nice snuggle in his towel before basking.

Now if I could only curb the aggression....
He always seems calmer after bath time, so it seems that's the only time I can actually bond with him. Patience, patience, patience!
 

BlueMorpho

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So Eri's got this nice, 'new', big tank, right?
Guess where I found him last night when I came home?!

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Yep, that's him all squished up in the corner!

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I don't know why, but something about that pose has earned him the new nickname "Mr.Bean"
:p
 

BlueMorpho

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Well, I think it's official; Eri is now bath-trained.
I was busy with chores this afternoon, so as much as I hated to, I let him glass dance instead of letting him out. After a while, he stopped, and I noticed he has resumed basking. When I went over to pick him up, I found out he had pooped in his water dish!!! Crazy monkey!
Sometime he does poop twice a day, once in the tank, and once in the bath, but now that he's decided to go in his water dish, should I be bathing him twice a day? That sounds like a bit much...
 

BlueMorpho

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Ugh. What a day!!
I came home this morning expecting to be able to relax and get dinner on in the slow-cooker.
At my door was a cheque I'd been waiting for, so, opening it up, I got excited thinking "I can finally get some new shoes!"
I walked in the house and went to say hello to the lizzies, and realized their lights are all off! I figured out that the power bar that I had been using decided to call it quits. Well, thankfully I'd just gotten this cheque!
I plugged in what I could, and got ready to trek out.
I had just used my last bus pass to get home, but I figured that I could just walk to the bank; it's a nice day anyway.

Waited in line and got up to the teller only to realize that in my haste, I'd left said cheque at home!! So another 25 minutes back home, then again to the bank... (remember I said I needed new shoes? I think that's an understatement now, lol).
Spent the rest of the day running to various pet stores in my area only to find none of them had the specific item I wanted.

Finally I gave up and went home to start dinner, since my friend was due to show up soon. She told me to call the PetSmart across town (which I hadn't bothered to try to get to by bus...). I called, and amazingly, they had it!
So, rather than wasting money on a temporary fixture, I now have a (working) digital timer power centre!!
I never thought I'd be so excited to buy a new power bar, lol.
Now that I can have everything plugged into one device, the back of the tanks look more like organized chaos as opposed to just plain chaos. :p

So my friend and I ate dinner, watched a movie (The Help; amazing if you haven't seen it!!), and put our feet up knowing that our favorite lap lizards are safe, warm, and happy again. :)

I should also like to add that I hate pet stores. They have this AWFUL way of tempting you to buy things that you don't really need, but it would be a good idea for down the road, and besides, it'll look good in the tank and your dragon will love it.
Like $40 logs.
Pics tomorrow!! Possibly a video if I can figure out how to post them...
 
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